Dawne Cramer Memorial Scholarship

About Dawne: Dawne M. Cramer served as a “Parkee” in the summer during her college years; she knew this work was “her calling”. Shortly after graduating from UW-La Crosse, she continued her career journey with the Green Bay Parks, Recreation & Forestry Department.  Dawne was initially hired as a Recreation Program Supervisor, and was quickly promoted to Superintendent before being appointed by Mayor Jim Schmidt as the Director of the Green Bay Parks, Recreation & Forestry Department. She proudly and passionately served the Greater Green Bay Community for over 40 years, touching the lives of countless individuals, especially children, leaving behind an enduring legacy. Dawne left her position only upon her death, after her nearly four-year fight with cancer.


Applicant must be a graduating senior or a past graduate of a Green Bay High School, planning on or currently attending an accredited two or four-year college or university, a minimum 2.7 cumulative high school GPA, and minimum two seasons of employment as a Green Bay parks Department employee in any of the following roles: Parkee, Life Guard, or Bay Beach employee.

Award Criteria

Applicants will be judged on answers to three essay questions for demonstrating a solid, passionate work ethic, conscientiousness, determination, and respectfulness, and having a no-nonsense approach to his/her education.


$1,250 for one merit based award (Four Year Degrees) and $1,250 for one need based award (Two or Four Year Degrees)


March 15


It is Community Foundation policy that all portions of the scholarship process be completed by the student applicant. If we learn that any part of the process is not completed by or the work of the student, the application may be removed from consideration or an awarded scholarship revoked.

Application Procedure

  • Time
    The application process will take 45 minutes to 1 hour to complete.  The system times out so  SAVE  your work often!
  • Documents
    Here is a list of documents you should have saved as named pdfs for easy uploading:

To Apply